Viola Davis is a four-time Academy award nominee, making her the most nominated Black female actor in history.
●6th February 2023
American Actress, Viola Davis, won her first Grammy at the 65th edition of the annual Grammy Awards show for the audiobook recording of her memoir, Finding Me. She is the third Black female Egot winner, after Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson. EGOT is an acronym that symbolises a recipient of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. It is known as the “grand slam of entertainment” in the United States.
“I wrote this book to honor the six-year-old Viola,” Davis said on stage at the ceremony in Los Angeles. “To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And, it has just been such a journey – I just EGOT!”
In the audiobook category, Davis was nominated alongside Brooks, a fellow Egot; the composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is an Oscar win away from achieving Egot status; the actor, Jamie Foxx, and the musician, Questlove, who have both won Oscars and Grammys.
Viola Davis is a four-time Academy award nominee, making her the most nominated Black female actor in history. She won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for her performance as the wife of a baseball player in Fences. She also won a “Best Lead Actress” Tony award in 2010 for the same role in the original play on Broadway. She is also a five-time Emmy nominee and won in 2015 for her performance in the popular television show, How to Get Away with Murder. Before her Tony win for Fences in 2010, she also won a best featured actress Tony for her role in the Broadway play, King Hedley II, in 2001.
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